Re­al­ity Tele­vi­sion, 1969

The Iowa Review - - D.F. BROWN -

for my daugh­ter

I thought I knew the way through words to tell again the sol­dier’s take, how lan­guage har­bors ex­pec­ta­tions—and not just the waste­ful car­nage of youth­ful courage cut down for a cul­ture that needs their blood to pur­pose what lit­tle po­etry can be made of their death— what marks those boys slaugh­tered: they were sent like you flush the toi­let to a war no one wanted any more, so they gave it to their chil­dren, let them play with death watched them die on TV dur­ing sup­per.

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